Weekend betting review: Tasty Rib

Ribchester cut for the QEII, Liverpool into 15/2 for the title and Andy Murray SPOTY fav – Sky Bet's weekend betting reaction.


Team GB's Super Sunday saw a shake-up at the head of the betting for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Andy Murray still sits atop the market after adding a second Olympic gold medal to the second Wimbledon title he won earlier this summer, but he is now just 10/11 with Sky Bet to become the first person to win the award three times.

Murray, who would also be the first person to win the award in back-to-back years, was a 5/2 shot before his Wimbledon success but Olympic glory sent him odds-on.

The other stars of Rio are massed behind him.

Max Whitlock's sensational golden double in gymnastics has seen him slashed to 6/1 for the award, which is handed out in December. He was a 66/1 shot when the market opened in December last year.

Track cyclist Jason Kenny was available at an even bigger price. After securing his second gold in Rio and fifth overall, beating team-mate Callum Skinner to add individual sprint gold to the team success, he is now a 12/1 chance. He could yet be cut further with the unpredictable Keirin offering a possible sixth gold medal, which would take him level with Sir Chris Hoy's record haul.

Mo Farah is 4/1 second favourite after retaining his 10,000m title as he bids for a 'double-double' in the long-distance events. He is 1/6 to take home his fourth Olympic gold in the 5,000m next weekend.

Justin Rose, who won golf gold on Sunday and still has the Ryder Cup to come, is still available at 100/1 for 'SPOTY' with Sky Bet, while the most prominent non-Olympian in the betting is Real Madrid and Wales hero Gareth Bale at 12s.


Liverpool are 7/1 fourth favourites to win the Premier League after opening the season with a 4-3 victory at Arsenal, who are out to 9/1 to finish on top.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice in an impressive success for the Reds at the Emirates Stadium and Jurgen Klopp's men have been trimmed in the title betting by all firms as a result.

Arsene Wenger can be backed at 14/1 to be the next top-flight manager to leave his job. Joachim Low and Roberton Mancini are currently 8/1 joint favourites to succeed Wenger.

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Earlier on Sunday, Manchester United impressed with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth with the Red Devils being trimmed to 5/2 to land the title in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge.

Manchester City, who beat Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday, head the outright odds at 2/1 and Chelsea can be backed at 5/1 ahead of their Monday Night Football clash with West Ham.

Leicester became the first title holders since Arsenal in the 1989/90 season to lose their first game in the following campaign as they were beaten 2-1 by Hull on Saturday and the Foxes can now be backed at 40/1 to retain their crown. It's now only 10/1 that they are relegated with some firms going into single figures about that happening.

Tottenham opened with a 1-1 draw at Everton and last term's third-placed club are 12/1 for the title.

Liverpool have gone odds-on across the board for a top-four finish4/5 is Sky Bet's price. Arsenal are quoted at the same odds to finish in the Champions League qualification places.

Hull remain relegation favourites at 4/6 despite beating Leicester and Burnley, who lost 1-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday, are also odds-on for the drop at 8/11.

Sky Bet have it tighter for the remaining place in the bottom three with Watford, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all offered at 9/4.


Ribchester is no bigger than 5/2 for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after winning the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

Richard Fahey's stable star took revenge on Galileo Gold after they filled the places behind The Gurkha in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, with Hugo Palmer's charge weakening out of the places after cutting out the early running under Frankie Dettori.

William Buick, who was handed a lengthy ban by the French stewards earlier in the campaign, guided Ribchester to an impressive half-length verdict over Andre Fabre's Vadamos, with fellow local runner Ervedya back in third.

Sky Bet offer 5/2 against Ribchester continuing his progress in the QEII in October. With The Gurkha currently on the sidelines after undergoing surgery last week, Sky Bet make 2000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold their 5/1 second-favourite alongside Queen Anne Stakes runner-up Belardo.

Rugby league

Warrington and Wigan are 2/1 joint favourites to win Super League's Grand Final after contrasting weekend fortunes.

Warrington leapfrogged their opponents into second in the table following their 38-10 victory over Wakefield, a result which came on the heels of Wigan's 36-22 defeat to Castleford.

Leaders Hull dismantled Widnes 38-0 on Thursday but they remain relative outsiders with the bookies – they can be backed at 100/30.

St Helens saw their odds cut after beating Catalans, a result which gives them a four-point advantage in the race to finish fourth and secure a semi-final play-off spot.

Saints, who are now on a seven-match winning streak, are 9/2 with Sky Bet with the Dragons out to 14s.

Posted at 1150 BST on 15/08/16.

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